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European Developement Fund – Stimulating the Innovation Ecosystem in Lebanon – 2022

The European Development Fund (EDF) is the main instrument for providing aid for development cooperation to the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and Overseas Countries and Territories.

3 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions European Union, Gulf countries

Countries eligible to the programme:

  • Member State of the European Union
  • Lebanon

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Priorities and funded actions


  • Increased collaboration between Lebanese industrialists and research institutions in the promotion of innovation and technology transfer responding to industry needs
  • Increased knowledge, skills and capacities of the main stakeholders of the Lebanese innovation ecosystem on issues related to technology transfer, intellectual property and commercialisation of research
  • Increased collaboration around research and technology transfer between Lebanese and European stakeholders


  • Priority 1 – Interventions that aim at promoting systemic changes (rather than targeting a specific group/actor of the innovation ecosystem)
  • Priority 2 – Interventions that are part of a clear strategy ensuring continuity in services/partnerships beyond project duration (reasonable level of institutional and financial sustainability)
  • Priority 3 – Geographical distribution: interventions aiming at stimulating innovation in different areas of Lebanon, rather than one single region or city
  • Priority 4 – Interventions that follow a market orientation approach, giving a prominent role to the private sector, by encouraging increased private sector engagement and investment in innovation-related activities

Among financed actions

  • Actions to promote a culture of collaboration among innovation stakeholders, particularly between industry and research, locally and internationally
  • Actions aiming at building the capacity of the innovation ecosystem to support innovating activities, technology transfer and commercialisation
  • Actions to advance the understanding of the state of innovation in Lebanon

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 42 and 48 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be non-profit-making
  • Be a specific type of organisation (non-governmental organisation, civil society organisations, private sector economic operators…)
  • Total budget of the call: 3 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 2.75 and 3 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: between 80 and 95% of the total eligible costs

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